Blackshear Adds A Team

This saga has been continued for way too long and to be honest, like all of you all, I am getting pretty exhausted from it. Kerry Blackshear is the top graduate transfer in college basketball and he is being chased by Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, A&M, and Virginia Tech. For weeks I have said it would be Kentucky but Evan Daniels reported yesterday that Kentucky and Tennessee are the the two front runners…it is Tennessee and Virginia Tech. Now, he did say it was just a feeling and who really knows what he is thinking. He has kept this whole process extremely quiet with no indication of anything, everyone is just taking their best guess at where he will go…but there is some truth in Virginia Tech.

His old school, Virginia Tech, apparently feels pretty decent as well, as Mike Young stated that they are “very much” in the picture of landing Blackshear. This is one of the reasons that everyone is claiming Virginia Tech. They’re currently the trending team and when someone keeps it as quiet as Kerry, no one really knows which way he could lean. I think Mike Young is trying to speak it into existence but I do think Kerry has kept in constant contact with them. For me, it seems extremely weird that he’d go back to Virginia Tech, especially if he wants to win a title. Tennessee is the team I’d worry most about.

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Tennessee lost Bone, Williams, and Schofield and they need a total revamp with Alexander graduating as well. With Turner and Bowden leading the backcourt, Tennessee is missing one piece from making them legitimate and that piece is Blackshear. He would take them from a middle of the pack team to a top 3/4 in the SEC. He still would not have a chance at realistically winning anything, but his playing time would be significantly better and he could “be the guy.” But again, they really stand no chance of winning anything but they seem to be trending in the right direction. But I am going to stick with my pick…

Blackshear’s dream is to make it to the NBA and what better place than Kentucky. EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards returning shouldn’t have too much of an effect on Kerry as they both struggle offensively but the addition of Nate Sestina would mean there is four big men fighting for minutes. They’re a top 5 team regardless, but Kerry would put them over the top and make them a top 2 team with a better chance at a title. Kerry is older and would provide a veteran leadership that Kentucky rarely has and offers Kerry the best chance at winning. I think the choice is easy and my prediction is staying the same…Kentucky will land him.

Again, no one on earth knows what Kerry Blackshear will do, besides himself. Kerry is a dynamic player who could add depth and experience to this Kentucky team. To be honest, Kentucky has a legitimate shot at winning the title with or without Kerry. With him, they add another big who could get solid minutes and help both EJ and Nick enhance their skill. Without him, EJ, Nick, and Nate will run the 5 and honestly they’ll do an amazing job at it. With a plethora of forwards, this team will be fine regardless of what happens.

This saga should wrap up soon, so finally we’ll be done with it. Regardless of his decision, let’s respect it and get ready to run the basketball scene and capture 9. For the latest updates, follow us on Twitter @soft7sports and on Facebook.This saga should wrap up soon, so finally we’ll be done with it. Regardless of his decision, let’s respect it and get ready to run the basketball scene and capture 9.

Big Blue Storm

If you would have told me that Kentucky Football was beating LSU, Alabama, Michigan, and even Louisville in recruiting, I would not believe you, not at all. But it’s a different feel in Lexington these days and that is mainly due to Vince Marrow and Mark Stoops. In November 2012, Mark Stoops took over the program and it started off very rocky. In his first year he went 2-10 and then followed it up with two straight 5-7 seasons, barely missing bowl season. Everyone was calling for Mark’s head, including myself but I am forever thankful that Mitch trusts himself more so than the passionate Big Blue Nation.

After his first three years of going a combined 12-24, he started his 2016 season with another disappointing 0-2 before he turned it around. He finished up going up 7-5 defeating Lamar Jackson and the Louisville Cardinals in the best way possible. This was followed by another 7-6 season due to another bowl loss and we all know what happened this past season, 10-3 with a Citrus Bowl victory over Penn State. Stoops has given Kentucky fans a wild ride, but the actual ride is only beginning.

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This past weekend, Kentucky stole Izayah Cummings right out of Louisville’s hands. The 7th ranked wide receiver in Kentucky is six foot three with a 37 inch vertical and the sky’s the limit for him. Another commitment this weekend came from Joshua Jones (who picked Kentucky over LSU among others), Ernest Sanders, and Jordan Watkins (picking Kentucky over Louisville again). 2020 is shaping up to be the best class in Kentucky Football history, but none of this would have been possible without last year’s team.

Last year put Kentucky Football on the map. A team that was never expected to win more than 6 games ended up being the team that beat the streak, demolished Louisville, and posted a 5-3 record in the SEC. Josh Allen led the way and became the eleventh top 10 pick in program history and the 17th first rounder. He is the highest Wildcat drafted since Dewayne Robertson in 2003 when he was selected 4th by the Jets. Benny Snell also changed the program, becoming the all time leading rusher as well as posting highs that haven’t been accomplished in so long at Kentucky. Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow have built on all their success. When looking at Allen, the 2 star recruit out of high school, helps Kentucky’s recruiting game more than anyone. Marrow and Stoops built him into a top 10 pick after being a 2 star and it shows the tide is turning at Kentucky.

Kentucky is changing, folks. It is no longer only a basketball school and a big thanks goes to Mark and Vince. With the growth, comes the disrespect which many analyst have already brought on. Not predicting a bowl game, not thinking they’ll get over 6 wins, ranking Terry the worst in the SEC, etc. This only builds the passion of the team. Their feeding this team with tons of bulletin board material as they prepare to shock the world even more. As Michael Jordan once said, “the ceiling is the roof.”

Kerry Blackshear Final Thoughts

As reported yesterday by Evan Daniels, Kerry Blackshear could make his decision as early as today. Coming off his Kentucky visit, Kerry decided to visit no other schools and is very close to a decision. Many people believe it to be a two horse race between Tennessee and Kentucky, with Matt Jones reporting Tennessee was the favorite per his sources. Evan Daniels was asked if it was between Kentucky and Tennessee and he responded “I wouldn’t be so sure of that.” So honestly, what the hell does this mean?

Personally, I think Blackshear is between Kentucky and Tennessee but I could see him including A&M in the mix. A&M gives him a place to be comfortable at especially with Buzz at the helm but Texas A&M has no chance of winning absolutely anything next season. They’ll be fighting to be .500 and Kerry has stated that he wants to go to a team that could make a deep run in March…which Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee kind of fit (Tennessee maybe). Virginia Tech claims they are in the hunt, but again no chance of winning. Florida offers him a chance to play at home, in front of his family and honestly who wouldn’t want that? I’ve heard that Florida is out though due to Blackshear having no desire to be “the guy” and winning is everything to him.

With all the reports yesterday, Tennessee is the favorite. They lost Bone, Williams, and Schofield and they need a total revamp with Alexander graduating as well. With Turner and Bowden leading the backcourt, Tennessee is missing one piece from making them legitimate and that piece is Blackshear. He would take them from a middle of the pack team to a top 3/4 in the SEC. He still would not have a chance at realistically winning anything, but his playing time would be significantly better and he could “be the guy.”

Blackshear’s dream is to make it to the NBA and what better place than Kentucky. EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards returning shouldn’t have too much of an effect on Kerry as they both struggle offensively but the addition of Nate Sestina would mean there is four big men fighting for minutes. They’re a top 5 team regardless, but Kerry would put them over the top and make them a top 2 team with a better chance at a title. Kerry is older and would provide a veteran leadership that Kentucky rarely has and offers Kerry the best chance at winning. I think the choice is easy and my prediction is staying the same…Kentucky will land him.

I have said Kentucky since day 1 and I still believe that. Kentucky has the ability to get players to the NBA, put players in the national spotlight, and has the best chance to win a title. In the John Calipari Era, 38 players have been drafted with 29 going in the first round. With Keldon going to the Spurs, all 30 franchises in the NBA have had a Calipari Era player on their roster at some point during the last 10 years. Their ability to get players to the NBA is unparalleled and ultimately that is what Kerry wants for his future. Not to mention the 8 National Championships as well as being the winningest program in College Basketball. But again, Kentucky is not for everyone and we all need to respect his decision regardless. 

I think it’s important to say, Kentucky will still be elite without Kerry. He would give us more talent to work with, but regardless of where he goes Kentucky has a chance to be special. I like my team, so let’s respect his decision and get ready for 9. For the latest updates, follow us on Twitter @soft7sports and on Facebook.

BLACKSHEAR DECISION TOMORROW

Breaking news from our friends over at KSR as Kerry Blackshear will make a decision tomorrow according to Evan Daniels. It’s either Kentucky or Tennessee but the saga is ending tomorrow. Let’s go!

I have said Kentucky since day 1 and I still believe that. Kentucky has the ability to get players to the NBA, put players in the national spotlight, and has the best chance to win a title. In the John Calipari Era, 38 players have been drafted with 29 going in the first round. With Keldon going to the Spurs, all 30 franchises in the NBA have had a Calipari Era player on their roster at some point during the last 10 years. Their ability to get players to the NBA is unparalleled and ultimately that is what Kerry wants for his future. Not to mention the 8 National Championships as well as being the winningest program in College Basketball. To me, the decision is easy. But again, Kentucky is not for everyone and we all need to respect his decision regardless. 

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Major Blackshear News, Decision Soon

Kerry Blackshear has been circulating the news for about the last 2-3 weeks with his looming decision to transfer. Well, Evan Daniels has said that Kerry is down to Kentucky and Tennessee with a decision coming in “four to five day.” Daniels offered up another interesting tidbit…”I think Kentucky is in a great spot with him.” Like I said a few days back, it is Kentucky and Tennessee. After averaging 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game during his junior season at Virginia Tech and would provide instant help to whatever team he joins. Whatever team he chooses, we have to remember that this is his life and he’s making the best choice for himself, so let’s all relax and look at the facts.

As for Tennessee, Rick Barnes has proved himself in his short time there. At Tennessee he would be “the guy” because they lost essentially everyone. He’d be a great fit with national exposure, but at the same time they stand no chance at winning anything. And even Barnes does not want to be there as he tried to flee for UCLA but they wouldn’t cover his buyout. Tennessee had players drafted the other night and that could help them out. But my choice stays the same.

I have said Kentucky since day 1 and I still believe that. Kentucky has the ability to get players to the NBA, put players in the national spotlight, and has the best chance to win a title. In the John Calipari Era, 38 players have been drafted with 29 going in the first round. With Keldon going to the Spurs, all 30 franchises in the NBA have had a Calipari Era player on their roster at some point during the last 10 years. Their ability to get players to the NBA is unparalleled and ultimately that is what Kerry wants for his future. Not to mention the 8 National Championships as well as being the winningest program in College Basketball. To me, the decision is easy. But again, Kentucky is not for everyone and we all need to respect his decision regardless. 

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Latest Blackshear News and Thoughts

As we head into the weekend, let’s piece together what we know. Kerry Blackshear is the most coveted graduate transfer in recent memory. The top grad transfer has taken visits to Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Kentucky but has yet to make his decision known. After averaging 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game during his junior season at Virginia Tech and would provide instant help to whatever team he joins. Whatever team he chooses, we have to remember that this is his life and he’s making the best choice for himself, so let’s all relax and look at the facts.

First let’s look at Florida and Arkansas. Florida would be a nice fit for Kerry due to the proximity to home and his desire to play in front of family. But one thing Florida does not provide Kerry… winning a championship which he claims is very important to him. Florida would give him the recognition and a great coach but they won’t make him a better player like some of the other schools could. Arkansas, well they stand no chance. To be honest with you, he took the visit for his family and that was the only reason it was done. I think there are two favorites, Kentucky and Tennessee, but he will most likely visit Buzz at Texas A&M and may even go to Virginia Tech.

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Kerry is a mature player, he knows what he wants and he also wants to further his education. He will visit Buzz and allow his staff the opportunity to “wow” him and he can see what he could offer. He’ll do this out of respect and I truly don’t see any way he commits there. As for Virginia Tech, Mike Young has stated that they’re still “very much” in the running and they could secure a visit…which I do not think happens. I think Kerry takes one more visit and it is to A&M. As for Tennessee, Rick Barnes has proved himself in his short time there. But even Barnes does not want to be there as he tried to flee for UCLA but they wouldn’t cover his buyout. Tennessee had players drafted last night and that could help them out. But my choice stays the same.

I have said Kentucky since day 1 and I still believe that. Kentucky has the ability to get players to the NBA, put players in the national spotlight, and has the best chance to win a title. In the John Calipari Era, 38 players have been drafted with 29 going in the first round. With Keldon going to the Spurs, all 30 franchises in the NBA have had a Calipari Era player on their roster at some point during the last 10 years. Their ability to get players to the NBA is unparalleled and ultimately that is what Kerry wants for his future. Not to mention the 8 National Championships as well as being the winningest program in College Basketball. To me, the decision is easy. But again, Kentucky is not for everyone and we all need to respect his decision regardless.

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Relax, Let Kerry Take As Much Time As He Wants

Kentucky Basketball has the most passionate fan base in all of America, but sometimes people take it too far and make us look bad. You all know who/what I’m talking about and honestly it’s less than 10% of the fanbase but everyone just needs to relax. Do we necessary need Kerry Blackshear? Probably not, we’ll still be a top 10 team but he would completely enhance our team and give us a better shot at a title. We have to respect the fact he wants to wait and give other schools a chance, we can’t just shoot down any hope of landing him and start bashing him.

Under Calipari, we have been so blessed with landing so many top recruits and honestly great people. When we miss out on a player, that 10% throws a fit and makes the entire fanbase look awful. A main example is Andrew Wiggins. The dude took forever to even make a decision and Kentucky was very much in the loop, but when he picked Kansas everyone lost their shit and sent him death threats over twitter as well as bashing his family. Kentucky is the leader in wins, 2nd in titles, and over the past decade has had more draft picks than anyone else. We are spoiled in a way, but we have to remember Cal’s favorite pharse…”Kentucky is not for everyone.”

As Matt said above, chill. Kentucky had a great visit and they have said they like their chances at landing him. He averaged 14.9 points per game along with 7.5 rebounds. He brings a veteran presence and brings a special skill set that the Cats could benefit from. I think he comes to Kentucky, I’ve said that all along…but if he doesn’t…”Kentucky isn’t for everyone.” Just hang in there Cats fan and just take a huge breath and relax. It’s a long process for everyone and just wish the kid the best. If Kentucky lands him, awesome, if they don’t let’s remain classy and show him what he missed out on when we win #9.

But this doesn’t mean when a ref absolutely stinks that we cannot bash them, I’m all in for that. But these kids have to make the decision that they think is best for them and their future, just like all of us have done. We just did not have the media attention. I will respect whatever Kerry does, we all need to do the same.

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